The Witches Tarot-King of Swords, goes along with the Traditional Tarot, kings of a suit sitting on their throne. The King of Swords is the "King of the Element of Air" enthrone in his element. Hence the Peregrine falcon and Hawk motif on his throne. Whereas, the Thoth Tarot of Aliester Crowley, uses Knights as Active Battle Kings who are not passively seated but riding their chargers in full battle gear, charging into the fray. Hence the Kings of Thoth Tarot are Called Knights. Therefore, the Knights of traditional tarot are called Princes in the Thoth Tarot, for they are the sons of the King and Queen. That being said: The Witches Tarot- King of Swords, depicts an image of a handsome middle-aged man of brown hair and beard. The sky is blue, as he sits on his throne with sword held high, and a stern look, one isn't certain if he is going to use that sword or not. His gold crown is spiked and decorated in blue-topaz. The Crown implies knowledge, while the blue topaz, implies truth, forgiveness and illumination of one's spiritual path.
His affliction with air is also seen in the yellow color of his cape and tunic, as yellow is the color associated with the Element of Air. The Peregrine falcon, sitting on his left hand, is waiting to go hunting. The falcon symbolizes swiftness, accuracy, and cunning.
To reiterate, Chokmah is the beginning state of willed conscious energy that is masculine in action and is called "Will to Force". Chokmah (wisdom) is the "idea of male" and its mate, Binah-"Will to Form" (understanding), is the "idea of Female". Now we have the concepts of Father-Mother God and/or the Divine Creative. He is Electric and She is Magnetic.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephira, called---Wisdom, is also the Force behind the 4 twos and the 4 Knights of Thoth Tarot.
The 2's symbolize the Forces of the 4 Kings, who are Knights, and the four Queens uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight-Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.
The Knight of Swords, Is also known in Qaballah as Lord of Winds and Breezes. King of the Elemental Spirits of the Air, the Sylphs and Sylphides. This is a very Strong masculine mental force whose zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Taurus and the first two Decans of Gemini. Here we have Specific Fire in Primal Air that is the personification of a Force behind the World of Astral Images and ideas. This Power is violent, aggressive, and a cutting edged force that is much like an overheated wind. He is storm and violent emotion applied to an apparently manageable mind.
The symbols of this Mad Movement, is depicted in the art of the Knight of Swords, as his maddened steed is charging down from the heavens, with Tempest about, and armed with both sword and poniard; he is the very personification of the idea of attack. The Bull like power of Taurus is represented in his steed and the Twins of Gemini are shown in his armament. The crest on his Helm is a revolving wing, showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into submission.
Such a character, is of a person who is born in the Tarot Sign of Knight of Swords. And if personal, would be that of a person who is:
- Clever, skillful, active and subtle. Being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragon Fly, does not keep him from being prey to his ideas which come as inspiration without consideration.
All of this changes when this card is ill dignified. If such occurs, he is incapable of decisions or purpose, and any action he takes is so weakened by his mental indecision that it is easily brushed aside by opposition. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.
However we choose to dignify this Knight-King, he is the "Extended Flame of mind" as Zoroaster calls it. Here the True Will to Force, as Chokmah is firing up the Mind. The Taurian influence, makes it steadfast and the first Decanate of Gemini makes it inspirational, thus an Idea tends to absorb the entire life of the individual in the blinding light of concentrated aspiration. Therefore the Knight of Swords implies the danger to this state of mind, for the first Decan is also known as "shortened force" and that shortened force is symbolized by the poniard; shortened force often comes off as defensive and stubborn behavior.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
The querent is or may be experiencing:
- The Will to transcend.
- Ability to take abstract thought and objectify it.
- An analytical period, where the power of idea and motion come into play.
- Letting go of old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve the motion of the individual.
- The querent is a person of tough- minded common sense which is usually based on preconception and prejudicial determinations.
- The arrogance of a powerful mind turn on itself in its own desire for control.
- Tends to judge harshly but with scrupulous fairness.
- A lawyer, senator or doctor.
- Mastery of creativity and confusion, as he sees new points of view, while brainstorming new thoughts that vent the mind.
- Intellectual, and mental prowess whose only emotion is to control.
- A strong personality of fiery emotion and powerful thought.
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